|Penguin no. C2339, cover by Alan Aldridge.|
The Keel Row Book Shop is like a multi-storey house comprised of many rooms, with every wall in every room lined with floor to ceiling bookshelves completely filled with books. On the top floor they have a room predominately devoted to Penguins. It can be seen in the photos below that they carry an extensive range of many of the various vintage Penguin series, including the main series, the Penguin Classics, the Penguin Poets, and the Pelicans. And then across the landing, in a different room, they have a double-stacked shelf of green vintage crime. Almost every book I picked up was priced between one and two pounds, and I left the store with 34 more Penguins.
I was fortunate enough to be in the area on a Saturday morning when they hold the Tynemouth undercover market across both platforms of the Tynemouth metro station, two stops on from Whitley Bay. It is an eclectic market of books, antiques, records, home-cooked cakes, gourmet foods, and the ever-present cupcakes. But there was one wonderful stall there stocked with a variety of old books, including Penguins, Pelicans, Ladybirds and hard-backed Enid Blytons. And the Penguins were all very old, and very low-numbered, and so I found 7 more books to add to the collection.
|A small section of the wall devoted to Penguins.|
|Blue Penguin Biographies, cerise Travel and Adventure, & the variously coloured spines of Penguin Science News.|
|In another room, a double-stacked shelf of Penguin Crime.|
|Tynemouth metro station, Saturday morning.|
|And my favourite stall, offering vintage Penguins, Penguin Classics, Pelicans, hard-backed copies of Enid Blyton titles, and early Ladybirds.|